Post # 1
I’m taking my wedding dress with me on the plane. I’ve asked people at the airport and they told me to just bring it as carry on, but those were smaller airports (that tend to be more accomdating). I’m leaving out of JFK with a connection flight in I believe Detroit. It’s not a totally huge dress, but it’s not a little thin gown either. It’s got some poof-age. I’m looking at it hanging from my closet and it just looks a lot bigger than I thought so now I’m getting nervous… I don’t mind if it gets wrinkled; wrinkles I can deal with, a lost dress I cannot! Im flying Northwest Airlines. Anyone have any experience with this? Will I need to get a special garment bag (I just have it in the white one the bridal store gave me)? Thanks for any advice you can give me! Worse comes to worse I guess I will have to try to shove it in a small carry on suitcase. eeps!
Post # 3
I think the bag you have should be fine, but regarding the airlines-call them. Take some meaurements of your dress in the bag and ask the airline you are flying on how they usually handle this situation. It won’t the first time they have had to do that for a bride. I do agree with you that you should carry it on. Remember that will be your carry-on and you will only be able to have a personal item (purse) in addition to the dress, and nothing else.
Post # 4
Yes, call the airline and check. Some airlines only allow First Class passengers to use the closets.
Post # 5
i did it this pass weekend. The airplane we were on had a closet that they allowed me to store it in. But most of the people were total assholes about it…it was only for first class, yada yada yada…it worked out fine but it was a lot of added stress. Luckily, I got the dress to my final destination in tact and sans wrinkles…
Post # 6
Speaking of bringing your dress on an airplane…can we expand this thread to discuss issues related to airline travel with the dress?
I have not yet bought my dress, but I am having an overseas wedding. Is there a particular type of fabric that I should be focusing on during my dress purchase that will be less likely to wrinkle as it makes its way across two continents?
Post # 7
@Desertchild I was just asking the lady whom I bought the dress from about that today! My dress is made of mostly tulle and I asked if it wrinkles easily and she said that it hardly wrinkles at all, and if it does, it just needs to be hung out for a couple of hours. She said satin was the worst in terms of it wrinkling. I couldn’t give you much other advice about it though. I would try looking for maybe something like chiffon because it’s fairly lightweight. If you wanted a poofy dress though, then you’d have to look at something else (but poofy is harder to bring on a plane!) A lot of designers make a line destination dresses as well
Post # 8
I would suggest bringing it as carry-on and having them hang it up for you. I’ve had to travel for many family weddings with a long, formal dress and that’s what I’ve done.
My BFF had a DW in another country so she was worried about flying with her dress, but she just carried it on and had them hang it up.